Have Yourself a Bluesy Little Christmas

Posted on Friday, December 13, 2013 by mztupelo

Ahh, the holidays! This time of the year just calls out for some good music. You've already listened to your favorite Christmas carols, the holiday songs from your past, now, this year, try something different. Blues music may not be your first choice of holiday music, but I think it's a welcome genre and adds a richness to the holiday. Don't take my word for . . . more »

Remembering Doris Lessing

Posted on Monday, November 18, 2013 by mztupelo

Doris Lessing October 22nd, 1919 - November 17th, 2013 The influential and prolific writer, has died in her London home at age 94. Lessing left school at age 14 and devoted herself to reading. “I never stopped reading,” she told Bill Moyers in a 2003 interview. “I read and read and read. And it was what saved me. And educated me.” Lessing is best known . . . more »

Building a Jazz Collection

Posted on Saturday, November 9, 2013 by mztupelo

When I was about five I heard the song Inch Worm on The Captain Kangaroo Show, and I immediately stopped playing with my dolls and laid down on the floor to listen to the song. It was so sweet and slow, with such a haunting melody. That is my first clear memory of being mesmerized by a song. Then, while in my teens, hanging out . . . more »

Surfing, It's Not Just For Summer Anymore!

Posted on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by mztupelo

We all think of the perfect time for surfing to be in the summer, but the fall and winter are actually the best time to get the big waves, waves as big as...100 feet! On October 28th, history was made off the coast of Portugal. Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle dropping in on an estimated 100 foot wave. What makes this feat even more daring was . . . more »

Remembering Lou Reed

Posted on Monday, October 28, 2013 by mztupelo

Remembering Lou Reed March 2nd 1942 - October 27th 2013 A rock legend has died. The cause was liver disease, said Dr. Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, where Mr. Reed had liver transplant surgery earlier this year and was being treated again until a few days ago. Lou Reed was best known for his band The Velvet Underground. The band consisted of . . . more »

Have You Counted Your Buttons Today?

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2013 by mztupelo

October 21st is Count Your Buttons Day! Do you, like me, have a button collection? I'm just a novice, collecting for only 15 years or so, with only about 300 buttons. Until I heard about this holiday, I thought I was alone in my fascination with buttons. I love the colors, and designs, but mostly I love the memories I have of sewing with my . . . more »

Remembering Marian McPartland

Posted on Monday, August 26, 2013 by mztupelo

Remembering Marian McPartland March 20th 1913 - August 20th 2013 I will miss Marian McPartland. When I worked nights, I looked forward to sharing my drive with Marian while listening to her program Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz, which was played on our local jazz radio station KCSM. Her program introduced and re-introduced her listeners to jazz greats, and to some artists not necessarily associated with . . . more »

Remembering Ruth Asawa

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2013 by mztupelo

Ruth Asawa - Sculptor January 24, 1926 - August 5, 2013 One of California's most admired sculptors has died at the age of 87. Ruth Asawa was an American artist, who was nationally recognized for her wire sculpture, public commissions, and her activism in education and the arts. Born in Norwalk California and living in San Francisco, she was a Bay Area treasure. She was . . . more »

Remembering J.J. Cale

Posted on Thursday, August 1, 2013 by mztupelo

J.J. Cale December 5th 1938 - July 26 2013 Blues and rock music lost a legend this week, when J.J. Cale died of a heart attack in San Diego. Mr. Cale was best known was for writing such classics as After Midnight and Cocaine, which became hits when Eric Clapton recorded them. J. J. Cale's career began in Oklahoma playing rock and roll venues in . . . more »

Pitching Jazz

Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 by mztupelo

I think there are only three things America will be known for 2,000 years from now when they study this civilization: the Constitution, jazz music and baseball. Gerald Early 1952–, American Author As I was watching a recent San Francisco Giants game, I decided to turn off the sound (the cheers of the opposing team was just too distracting) and I put on the mournful . . . more »

Surf's Up at Mavericks!

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 by mztupelo

The date for the Mavericks Invitational has been set. The contest will be held, Sunday, January 20th. This is the surfing event of the year. Only a select number of surfers are invited to this contest. Surfers from all over the world compete at Mavericks to win bragging rights to be called the best surfer at one of the best big wave surfing spots in . . . more »

Simon Vance : The Voice Behind Many Great Books

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 by mztupelo

Picture of Simon Vance Do you, like me, drive far to work, to friends or to family? Have you become bored reading the same billboards and long for something fun and entertaining to help you pass the time? Allow me to introduce my vote for best driving entertainment ever! Mr. Simon Vance. Mr. Vance is the narrator for a variety of books. Whenever I'm unable to come up with . . . more »

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